>> reporter: that's right. i think there is a real gulf of perception that has opened up over the last month or so. here in the west, i think people feel quite encouraged they see the chemical weapons deal as a good thing, they also see it as a template for cooperation with the russians, they finally see some momentum in the united nations security council, the syrian opposition on the other hand, feels very neglected and perhaps what is worse from their point of view, is that this process over the chemical weapons to some extent legitimizes or perhaps even relegitimizes the regime of president assad. and leaves the opposition out in the cold and as they are at pain to his tell us, david, makes very little material difference in terms of the suffering, the death scale and the refugees on the ground in syria itself. >> okay, barnaby, thank you very much indeed. more details of that meeting a little later here on al jazerra.